Ellon gets ready 
for Hogmanay

Market Street car park will be the venue for the Ellon Hogmanay party.
Market Street car park will be the venue for the Ellon Hogmanay party.

Ellon is gearing up for another Hogmanay spectacular.

Hundreds of revellers are expected to fill the town centre for Gig at the Brig tomorrow night.

We are looking forward to a great night

Wayne Baber Event Organiser

Organisers Ellon Events have lined up a top-class programme of entertainment for the crowds to party the night away.

Scots rock band Big Country will headline the bash which is expected to attract more than 2000 party-goers to the Market Street area.

Organiser Wayne Baber told the Times; “We are looking forward to a great night.

“The weather is predicted to be dry so we are keeping our fingers crossed.”

Tickets for the licensed gig have been selling well.

Mr Baber said: “We have been busy in the last couple of weeks and it has not only been regulars who have been buying.

“We have had interest from people who are going for the first time and that is very pleasing.”

This is the third year of the Hogmanay event in the town and it has strong support within the local community.

Ellon Community Council chairman Sandy McDougall said: “The community council are delighted that Ellon Events have delivered another Gig at the Brig event for Ellon and we wish them every success and hope that everyone who attends has an enjoyable and safe time.”

Tickets will be on sale at the Market Street site today (Wednesday) and tomorrow until 6pm.

They can also be obtained via the Ellon Events website until 6pm tomorrow.

Preparations will get under way in earnest this morning when the car park site will be taken over by organisers.

Gates will open at 8pm and the entertainment will continue until 1am.

Big Country, famed for their guitar-driven, folk rock sound, will take to the stage at 10.20pm and will play a single set through until just before the bells.

The New Year will be welcomed in with a fireworks display before Take This tribute act continue the celebrations until 1am.

The evening will be kicked off at 8.20 by four-piece local girl band Trace and then Newmachar-based group Uniform will take to the stage.

Tickets cost £22.50 for adults and under 18s are £10. Under fives are free but will require a ticket.

The gig is again being sponsored by Blackburn-based J M Taylor and organisers are hailing it as one of the best places in the North-east to celebrate Hogmanay.